NEXT represents the culmination of the learning experience at the Corcoran. See some of the Corcoran's NEXT projects and exhibits from previous years. Read about the first ten years of NEXT.
In 2023, NEXT evolved into a festival format to encompass the diversity of all the school’s programs and provide more public facing programming for the DC community. The festival offers an opportunity to highlight the school’s dynamic programs and cultivates more interdisciplinary partnerships among the students and faculty.
Attendees are able to view and engage with the vast displays of the end-of-year projects and appreciate the contemporary arts, dance performances, musical pieces, and research writing that the students have to offer.
NEXT Festival projects take many forms in the fields of theater, dance, music, studio arts, design, art history, interior architecture, museum studies and more. They all represent a culmination of a student's learning experiences at the Corcoran and a glimpse of future promise. Their work also reflects the care and commitment of our faculty and staff in supporting, teaching and mentoring our students’ work. Students exhibit their theses and presentations to an audience of their peers, faculty and the George Washington University and D.C. arts community.
For the past decade, NEXT has been an opportunity to showcase the work and skills of Corcoran students at GWU. Held every spring as an end-of-year thesis and capstone show, it gives D.C. the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art and scholarship. It is the Corcoran's celebration of its incredibly talented students.
Ranging in the form of research papers, photo essays, films, performances, or paintings, NEXT provides the opportunity to commemorate the dedication of Corcoran students to their craft.
Arianne Gandy "Taking Place" Photo credit: Denny Henry @djhfoto.
In 2021, for the first time in its history, NEXT was a hybrid virtual and physical experience, with outdoor installations on GW’s campus, as well as a website that featured students’ projects. As you’ll see, this particular year, the global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement profoundly impacted these young artists. Interdisciplinary connections between our exhibiting students were the driving force behind this year’s theme as created by our graphic design students: creative network.
Image: "Persuasion By Design" by Hyungjun Suh (B.F.A. Graphic Design)
NEXT began in 2011 at the Corcoran College of Arts and Design, and after a decade, the Corcoran continues to celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students—both undergraduates and graduate students—and commits to showcasing emerging artists and contemporary works at the end of each school year. This year, NEXT was also an official bicentennial event celebrating GW’s 200th year.
NEXT 2021: a dynamic, innovative, end-of-year celebration that gives students, faculty, and DC’s art community the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art, creativity, and scholarship, presented by the graduating class of 2021.
“Team El” chronicles the love story of Lashonia and Sean Thompson-El, two Washington, D.C., residents who were both, as teenagers, convicted of separate violent crimes and who both endured decades of imprisonment. When they met as adults, both were working to process the anger and trauma of their pasts. Now they do that work together, while also working to help fellow formerly-incarcerated people reintegrate into society outside prison and to prevent others from entering the system at all.
2021 Exhibition Book
From theatrical performances to research papers, installations and more, NEXT is a multidisciplinary show that represents a culmination of a student’s learning experiences. Get a glimpse of their talents in 2021's NEXT Exhibition Book.
The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the Corcoran from hosting NEXT 2020, but many student artists still found creative ways to complete or rework their projects. See the work from the Class of 2020.
2020 Exhibition Book
From theatrical performances to research papers, installations and more, NEXT is a multidisciplinary show that represents a culmination of a student’s learning experiences. Get a glimpse of their talents in 2020's NEXT Exhibition Book.
Seven-part podcast series from the New Media Photojournalism Class of 2020.
NEXT Music Capstones are the culminating projects for graduating music majors. These capstones may take the form of a recital, thesis, composition, or any combination of items, but all require an academic research component as part of the Music B.A. curriculum.
To see examples of the class of 2020's culminating projects and work, see our Graduation Booklet (designed by Julie Hansen, B.F.A. Graphic Design '18). This booklet shows the diverse range of studies by our outstanding students in the Corcoran Art History program.
In 2020, a museum studies class put together an exhibition as part of NEXT, originally to be on view at the same time as the rest of the exhibition. Their show centered on the theme that people, stories, and objects move Sometimes this is an act of individual agency, sometimes it is the consequence of systematic displacement and violence. This exhibition recovers eight stories of movement, memory, and return.
After their long-awaited thesis show was been postponed, the BFA students in Photojournalism and Fine Art Photography opted to present their work collectively in this publication and to put it in the hands of people with whom they hope to build professional relationships. The small selection of images contained within is only a glimpse of their larger projects. See the work of the class of 2020.
These photographs were created during the COVID-19 crisis during a time of quarantine, by the students and professor of 'Making Meaning: Narrative and the Art of the Photobook,' at the Corcoran. Photo Editing by Corcoran alumna Katie Dance and Professor Matt Eich. For a full list of the contributors, see page 78 of the book. Published by Slow Dance Press.
These Radio Plays were recorded by the Academy for Classical Acting at Shakespeare Theatre Company and George Washington University (Class of 2020) in Washington, DC., during the global pandemic. Each performer recorded alone, listening to each other via the Zencastr platform. Our season is generously sponsored by Dr. Julie M. Feinsilver, and Arthur and Shirley Fergenson. Read the Washington Post's coverage of the plays.
2020 NEXT FEATURED STUDENTS
Read about a selection of outstanding artists, designers, performers and scholars from Corcoran's 2020 end-of-year show.
2019's NEXT: A Virtual Tour
2019 NEXT FEATURED STUDENTS
Read about a selection of outstanding artists, designers, performers and scholars from Corcoran's 2019 end-of-year show.
2018 NEXT FEATURED STUDENTS
Read about a selection of outstanding artists, designers, performers and scholars from Corcoran's 2018 end-of-year show.
2017 NEXT ARCHIVE
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